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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Elbridge Gerry re: neutrality, French alliance, and his anti-British feelings

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02292 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Amsterdam, Netherlands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1781/06/16 Pagination: 1 p. 24 x 19 cm

Summary of Content: Written as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands. The first part recommends the bearer, Mr. Le Roy, desirous of commercial connections in America. Adams deprecates the idea of armed neutrality and concludes: "you must not entertain the most distant Idea of Peace while there is one British Soldier alive and at Liberty in America."

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Full Transcript: Amsterdam June 16. 1781
Dear Sir
Mr Le Roy the Bearer of this, is a young American educated in Amsterdam where he has good Connections. He wants mercantile Connections in America.
I ...wish he could give you hopes of any usefull Connections between our Country and this. if he can, it is more than I am able to do.
The armed Neutrality turns out little better than a Bubble. But as We have little to hope from it, We have nothing to fear. - France has Settled every Thing this year, better than ever, and much to the Satisfaction of America as I hope and believe. -But you must not entertain the most distant Idea of Peace while there is one British Soldier alive and at Liberty in America. I am my dear Sir your
J. Adams
Mr Gerry.

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People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Adams, John, 1735-1826

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarPresidentNeutralityFranceDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCommerceMerchants and TradeLetter of Introduction or RecommendationMilitary History

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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